How many Wherries are there?

How many Wherries are there?

Today there are 8 surviving sailing wherries.

Why do Wherries have black sails?

The ‘Trading Wherry’ was double-ended with a black hull and white nose to aid visibility after dusk. The sail was also black as it was coated with a mixture of tar and fish oil to protect it from the elements. The mast tops and wind vanes were often painted or shaped to identify the wherry’s owner.

What is a wherry used for?

A wherry is a type of boat that was traditionally used for carrying cargo or passengers on rivers and canals in England, and is particularly associated with the River Thames and the River Cam. They were also used on the Broadland rivers of Norfolk and Suffolk.

What was a Wherryman?

1 chiefly British : one who works on a wherry or who rows passengers in a wherry for hire. 2 : water strider.

How many wherries are left?

Wherry yachts were the final and most genteel version of the wherry, adding a sleek white hull and a spacious counter stern for relaxing away from greasy gears, splashing quant poles and other crew activity at the bow. While hundreds of wherries have existed overall since the 19th century, today only eight are left.

How old are the Norfolk Broads?

The broads are man-made waterways created by peat digging. The first written evidence of this dates back to the 12th century when much of east Norfolk had been cleared of its woodland for fuel and building materials. For the next 200 years peat digging was a major industry.

What are Wherry boats?

A wherry is a very large cargo boat. They were used all over the Broads, before road transport became easy and cheap. Some wherries were also used as pleasure boats for holidays.

Did barges have sails?

The larger barges were seaworthy vessels, and were the largest sailing vessel to be handled by just two men. The average size was about 120 tons and they carried 4,200 square feet (390 m2) of canvas sail in six working sails. The topsail was usually first sail on and last sail off, being fixed to the topmast by hoops.

How do you spell Warry?

To curse; to curse; to execrate; to condemn; also, to vex. [Obs.] [Spelled also warrie, warry, and wary.]

When was the Norfolk Broads built?

The Broads/Established

How deep is the water on the Norfolk Broads?

The total area of the Broads is 303sq km (117 sq miles) and is made up of 7 rivers and 63 Broads, most of which are less than 4m deep.

When were the first wherries made?

Vessels like “Manx wherries” and “shell wherries” (the latter evidently based in Kirkcudbright for the shell fishery) are recorded in the early 19th century. Three shell wherries at least were active in 1810 and known to be of 10–12 tons and clinker built.

What happened to the wherry yachts?

Sadly, as with the trading wherries, pleasure wherries and wherry yachts also found themselves the victim of changing times. With the arrival of smaller, motor-powered holiday craft that could be piloted by the hirers, the more expensive skippered wherries began to fall from favour.

When was the last trading wherry built?

The last trading wherry, Ella, was built in 1912. The ‘Pleasure Wherry’ evolved as railways took on the cargo business that had supported the traders.

What is the history of the Norfolk wherry?

Norfolk Wherries: general history. Norfolk wherries developed from the earlier Norfolk Keels, improving on the ancient design through their ease of sailing. They are distinctive due to their large, single, gaff-rigged sail and their forward-placed mast, characteristics common to all types of wherry.